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Frequently Asked Questions
I need to take a placement test. Where do I go?
Placement testing is done online through Campus Connect
You can follow this navigation to begin the test: For Admitted
Students>Next Steps>Placement Process>Math, Writing, or Modern
Language buttons. Generally, retests are not administered for any of
the assessments unless there is a technical error that takes place
during the time of the test. In that case, those retests need to be
approved and requested by an advisor. If a retest is granted, your
button will be re-activated and you will be able retest at that time. It
is important to take these tests seriously the first time around, as
they are meant to ensure you are registered in the correct course to
best build on your current skills in order to succeed in your studies at
Where can I get help with my mathematics homework?
The department offers mathematics tutoring free of charge to all
students who are currently enrolled in a mathematics course offered
through the Mathematics Department. Tutors are undergraduate and
graduate students who have done well in their mathematics courses. Their
services are available on a first-come-first-served basis on both the
LPC and Loop campuses. The primary job of the tutors is to assist
students with homework and help them to understand the mathematical
concepts; they are not allowed to help with take-home exams or quizzes.
My schedule does not allow me to see the regularly scheduled mathematics tutors this quarter. What can I do to get help?
First make sure that you have examined the tutoring schedule very
carefully. Tutors are present on both the Lincoln Park and Loop campuses
during most of the week from morning through early evening. They are
also available during much of the day on Saturdays in Lincoln Park. If
you are unable to see a tutor at a certain hour on one campus, you could
consider going to the other campus. You can also speak to your
instructor about obtaining extra help during office hours. Yet another
possibility is to try out some mathematics tutoring software
none of these possibilities works out for you, you may wish to obtain a
private tutor. If so, you can contact the Mathematical Sciences
Department at (773) 325-7806 for a list of private tutors.
Are private tutors available?
Yes. These are former students, and are not free of charge. For
more information, contact the mathematical sciences department at (773)
Where is my class?
Classroom assignments are usually posted online at Campus Connect
a few days before classes begin. For the most up-to-date information,
check your course schedule for your classroom assignment the day before
or the day of classes. Classroom assignments are also posted in most
academic buildings on the first day of class.
I think I am in the wrong class. The class I'm in is too hard (or too easy). How can I change?
If you believe you are in the wrong class, talk to your instructor
about your concern as soon as possible. If your instructor asks to see
your mathematics placement test scores before making a decision about
your situation and you no longer have them, see the
response above. If your instructor is unable to advise you, contact Nydia Rodriguez
, the Mathematical Sciences Department administrative assistant, and ask to be put in
touch with a mathematics faculty advisor. If you and your instructor
and/or a mathematics faculty advisor agree that you belong in a
different class, check with the instructor of that class to obtain
written permission to join it. Take the permission note to the
department secretary, Teresita Gomez. She will arrange for you to be
dropped from the one class and added to the other.
What if the class I need to take is closed?
If you want admission into a closed class, you should
put yourself on the waitlist if it is enabled for the class. If the
waitlist is not enabled you must get consent from that professor, whose
contact information is on the departmental website. Provide the
professor with your name, student ID number, and the specific class
information (name, number, days & times). If approved, the class
will be manually added to your schedule by the CSH College Office. There
is no guarantee that you will be allowed to join a closed class, but it
is always a good idea to ask. Deadlines for adding or dropping a course
are strictly adhered to.
Who is my college advisor?
Your advisor is listed in Campus Connection. Click on the Student
Center tab and your advisor should be in right column. If an advisor
is not assigned you should call your college office so that one can be
assigned. For a list of college office contacts, click here
Math Programs and Advising FAQ
I've reviewed the requirements for the program and I'm interested in majoring in Mathematics. How do I declare Mathematics as my major?
It is a good idea to discuss your plans informally with a full-time
faculty member in the department. A good choice would be an instructor
you have had for a course. The next step is to fill out a declaration of
major form, which you can obtain from the mathematical sciences
department reception desk. After the declaration, make an appointment to
meet with the mathematics chair. If you know the concentration you are
interested in pursuing at the time you declare your major, be sure to
write it on the form so that you can be assigned an advisor who
specializes in that area. You should also make an appointment to see an
academic advisor in the CSH College Office to ensure that you are on
track with your Liberal Studies, electives and other general university
I want to minor in mathematics or statistics. What do I need to do?
Although it is not required, students interested in a minor in
mathematics or statistics should inform their college office of their
intent. Once they have decided to pick up a math or statistics minor, it
is a good idea to talk their decision over with a faculty member in the
department who can advise them further about the minor requirements and
other available courses that may be useful for their particular field
of interest. See more information about Mathematics
Do I have to declare a concentration? Do concentrations appear on your transcript?
Although all mathematics majors must fulfill the requirements of
at least one concentration, they need not officially declare a
concentration as they would a major. Since different concentrations
require different courses, however, you are encouraged to decide on your
concentration(s) as soon as possible. Yes, your concentration appears on your transcript. If you fulfill the requirements for two concentrations, both will appear on your transcript automatically.
I need help with Liberal Studies and open elective courses. Where do I go?
Your mathematics faculty advisor can help you think about the
Liberal Studies and open elective courses that best complement your
concentration within the major. You can get an updated "Credit
Evaluation Form" from the CSH College Office to help both you and your
advisor know exactly your progress toward degree. Your faculty advisor
can consult with the advisors in the College Office for complicated
situations such as course placement, transfer credit approval and
application for graduation. For more information, visit the Office of Advising and Student Services
How do I register for an Independent Study course?
In general, regularly offered courses may not be taken as
Independent Study courses. You must negotiate the topic and the criteria
for completion with faculty, fill out an Independent Study Form and
have it approved and signed by the faculty member. You must then submit
your request to the Mathematics Department Chair or Program Director.
You do not register for independent study courses online. If your
independent study request is approved, then you will be manually added
to the course by the College of Science and Health. Quarterly deadlines for registration do apply to all independent study courses, so please plan accordingly.
Business Math and Statistics FAQ
Do other calculus and statistics courses fulfill the BMS requirements?
Yes. Students wishing to major or minor in the Department of
Mathematical Sciences, or wishing to take a more rigorous course, may
choose from among the following alternatives. A minimum grade of C- is
required in each course.
Any one of the following three sequences may be used in lieu of MAT 135 and 136.
a. MAT 147, 148, AND 149. Calculus with Integrated Precalculus I, II, and III
b. MAT 150 and 151. Calculus I and II.
c. MAT 160 and 161. Calculus for Math and Science Majors I and II.
Either of the following two courses may be used in lieu of MAT 137.
a. MAT 348 Applied Statistical Methods I
b. MAT 351 Probability & Statistics I